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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0805072020
ISBN-13: 9780805072020
Sku: 204798822
Publish Date: 3/18/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10.25H x 6.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  73
Age Range:  14 to College
 
So many unanswered questions weigh down thirteen-year-old C.J. as he struggles to understand why his father walked out. His father is back now, though C.J. is not as quick to forgive as the other members of his family. He still feels the weight of responsibility that fell on his shoulders when Daddy was gone, and he''s not prepared to give that up. But C.J.''s anger is making him a stranger in his own home, and instead of life seeming better now that Daddy has returned, it feels worse. Through powerful poems, Hope Anita Smith chronicles the nuanced emotions of a family that is slowly learning to heal and put the pieces back together.
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Thirteen-year-old C.J., an African-American boy, chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.Thirteen-year-old C.J., an African-American boy, chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.
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Accompanied by E.B. Lewis's gorgeous, moving watercolors, this collection of poems about how a shattered family puts the pieces back together is filled with feeling. After a year-long desertion, C.J.'s father returns to his family, where joy and hugs and kisses--but a deep distrust--await him. At 13, C.J. must figure out how he feels in the midst of the challenges of adolescence. This a fierce and tender tale of family affections is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.

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"Smith tells a story ragged in its truth but ultimately suffused with hope and forgiveness. Deployed in a range of poetic styles, her metaphors make emotions concrete and visible...Rhythmic, evocative language with rich dramatic overtones...." 6/1/2008

"Lewis uses his brilliantly composed, watercolor-and-ink paintings to underscore the strong emotions of the text. This hopeful book celebrates the power of families to heal and overcome hard times." 6/1/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   10
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0073
Product attributePublisher:   Henry Holt & Company
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